Spikes and dogs - Caution and how to remove them

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When temperatures rise and spring arrives, we want to take long walks with our dogs outdoors, in parks or in fields. The problem that we find at this time is the spikes of the herbs.

The spikes are the pods that cover the seeds of cereals, which have an elongated shape and end in a point. The problem appears when they stick anywhere of our furry and we cannot detect them, since some are so fine that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. In this AnimalWised article we are going to give you the keys to spikes and dogs, their precaution and how to remove them, so that when the time of these undesirable herbs arrives you know how to act so that it does not affect your furry on your walks.

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  1. Caution, essential in summer
  2. How to remove shallow dowels
  3. Remove the pins from the holes

Caution, essential in summer

When the grasses begin to dry out and turn yellow, problems begin with the spikes, since these can come loose more easily with any friction. The best way to prevent our dog from getting pricked by one is the simplest: avoiding places where there is very overgrown grass with spikes.

However, sometimes, due to the place of residence, it is impossible to walk the dog in a place free of spikes, so we must take other measures. Dogs can stick a spike anywhere on the body, due to their fur and because they have a tendency to get in the grasses, causing the spike to go deeper and deeper into the skin. To avoid this, we can haircut to our dog when spring arrives, so that the spikes that stick to it are visible to the naked eye.

After a walk in the countryside it is advisable brush and check the body of our dog. In the areas where the spikes are most often nailed is in the pads or between the fingers. This case we will see the dog limping and licking the pads.

How to remove shallow dowels

Next we are going to offer you the guidelines that you need to know so that you are able to remove those that stick in the skin of your best friend:

After a walk in the field, we should check our dog and look for spikes that may have been nailed. If we see any we can remove it with tweezers to avoid breaking it and then applying a soothing spray or cream so that it does not feel itchy and does not scratch or lick, otherwise the area could become inflamed.

If we do not see the spike or it breaks trying to remove it could go completely under the skin and cause a foreign body granuloma. In this case we would see the red, inflamed area that can become infected and ooze. We should take the dog to the vet to have the spike removed by simple surgery and the wound disinfected.

Remove the pins from the holes

Sometimes the spikes are stuck in the most unsuspected places, even getting into the eyes, nose or ears. In these cases we will take the dog to the vet to have it removed safely, because if we try we could insert it even more and make the situation worse.

  • Eyes: if the spike gets behind the eyelid it will cause great pain and inflammation of the same, damaging the cornea and producing an ulcer. If it is not treated quickly, the dog can become blind, so we will have to urgently go to the vet to remove it with eye drops and antisthetics.
  • Nose: if the spike gets into the nose, the dog will start to sneeze non-stop, even bleeding. It will start to hit the muzzle with the paw insistently to try to remove it. Sometimes it comes out with the force of a sneeze, but if not, we will have to go to the vet.
  • Hearing: Dogs with long, floppy ears tend to have many problems with spikes in this area. The spike is inserted into the ear and causes great pain. The dog will constantly shake its head and tilt it to the side that hurts, as if it has otitis. If the spike pierces the eardrum it can cause irreparable damage, such as deafness in the dog, so we will take it immediately to the vet to have it extracted with special forceps.

This article is merely informative, at AnimalWised.com we do not have the power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the vet in the event that it presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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